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WikiProject Piracy is dedicated to improving and maintaining articles about Pirates and Piracy here on Wikipedia. We aim to improve the quality and general coverage of waterborne piracy articles, develop guidelines and recommendations to support a comprehensive coverage of the topic, and serve as a central location for discussion of issues related to piracy and pirate pages.

This WikiProject was originally proposed by MadMax in March 2006 and merged with a project begun by Piratedan (as requested by Awiseman) in May 2007. The present-day project supports multiple highly popular pages alongside a small but treasured collection of Featured and Good articles.

Wikiprojects related to this one include WikiProject Crime, WikiProject British crime and WikiProject History.


The current scope of WikiProject Piracy is anything relating to piracy at sea or on major waterways.


Piracy related topics can be placed in a range of categories, ranging from specific (individual privateers, buccaneers, corsairs, etc.), to broad (regions and historical periods). The subjects include, but are not limited to:

  • Historical periods:
    • Piracy in the Ancient World (pre–1000)
    • Piracy in the Middle Ages (1000–1500)
    • Piracy on the Barbary Coast (1492–1595)
    • The Spanish Main (1570–1650)
    • The Buccaneering Era (1640–1690)
    • The Golden Age of Piracy (1690–1730)
    • Decline of Piracy (1730–1900)
    • Modern (1900–present)
  • Individual pirates (captains, sailors, victims, etc.)
  • Pirate vessels (boats, ships)
  • Pirate havens (Port Royal, Tortuga, etc.)
  • Pirate culture (organizations, laws, customs, songs, etc.)
  • Piracy in popular culture:
    • Piracy in the Film and TV
    • Piracy in Games
    • Piracy in Literature


Inevitably there will be some overlap between piracy and privateering. We fully expect to cover many privateers in our articles. However, for a given privateer to be included in the project, he should have been at risk for execution or other punishment as a pirate if captured, whether because his targets' government did not recognize his letter of marque, or because he exceeded his commission and crossed the line into piracy.

Thus, for example, Henry Morgan and his crew would be within our purview, because their attack on Panama was not authorized by Morgan's letter of marque. The project probably also covers John Paul Jones, because Britain did not recognize the Continental Congress's right to grant letters of marque, and thus Jones would likely have faced trial and execution as a pirate had the British caught him. On the other hand, any Saint-Malo or Dunkirk corsair whose sole claim to fame is legally plundering Britain’s commerce during the Wars of the Grand Alliance or Spanish Succession would not be considered a pirate here, because Britain did not treat such privateers as pirates.

Intellectual property piracy[edit]

Copyright and trademark piracy is not part of this project. That topic is best covered by WikiProject Law.

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See: Assessment

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  • Botting, Douglas. The Pirates (The Seafarers; v.1). Alexandria, Virginia: Time-Life Books, 1978. ISBN 0-8094-2652-8.
  • Burnett, John (2002). Dangerous Waters: Modern Piracy and Terror on the High Seas. ISBN 0525946799
  • Butler, Lindley S. Pirates, Privateers, and Rebel Raiders of the Carolina Coast, Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2000. ISBN 0807825530
  • Calendar of State Papers, Colonial series, America and West Indies, Jan. 1716–July 1717. London: HM Stationery Office. 1930.
    • Pages xiiixvi, xlxliii and lviii are parlicularly useful.
  • Calendar of state papers, Colonial series. America and West Indies, August 1717–Dec. 1718. Vaduz: Kraus Reprint. 1964.
    • Pages x, xvxxiii, xxxi, xxxiii, lvlvi and 514–515 are parlicularly useful.
    • Also available here and here.
  • Cawthorne, Nigel (2004). History of Pirates: Blood and Thunder on the High Seas. ISBN 0785818561
  • Cordingly, David (1997). Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates. Harvest Books. ISBN 081297722X
  • Earle, Peter (2003). The Pirate Wars. Methuen. ISBN 041375880X
  • Ellms, Charles. The Pirates [Originally published as "The Pirates' Own Book"]. New York: Grammercy Books, 1996. ISBN 0-517-18251-3.
  • Exquemelin, Alexander O. The Buccaneers of America. Anapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1993. ISBN 1-55750-077-0. (available in many translations and editions, full text online here.)
  • Grey, Charles (1933). Pirates of the Eastern Seas (1618-1723) A Lurid page of History. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co., Ltd. (misidentifies Edward Davis (buccaneer) of the Bachelor's Delight as John Davis (alias of Robert Searle))
  • Jameson, J. Franklin (1923). Privateering and Piracy in the Colonial Period: Illustrative Documents. MacMillan. OCLC 2778131
  • Johnson, Captain Charles. A General History of the Robberies & Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates. New York: The Lyons Press, 1998. ISBN 1-55821-766-5.
  • Konstam, Angus (2006) Blackbeard: America's Most Notorious Pirate. Wiley.
  • Konstam, Angus (2003). The Pirate Ship: 1660-1730, Oxford: Osprey Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1841764973
  • Konstam, Angus (1998). Pirates: 1660-1730. Osprey Publishing Ltd.
  • Konstam, Angus (2001). Privateers & Pirates, 1730-1830. Osprey Publishing, Ltd. ISBN 1841760161
  • Konstam, Angus (2000). Buccaneers: 1620-1700. Osprey Publishing, Ltd. ISBN 1855329123
  • Lane, Kris E (1998). Pillaging the Empire: Piracy in the Americas 1500-1750. M.E. Sharpe. ISBN 0765602563
  • Langewiesche, William (2004). The Outlaw Sea: A World of Freedom, Chaos, and Crime. North Point Press. ISBN 0965429512
  • Little, Benerson (2005). The Sea Rover's Practice: Pirate Tactics and Techniques, 1630-1730. Potomac Books. ISBN 1574889109
  • Rediker, Marcus (1987). Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Merchant Seamen, Pirates and the Anglo-American Maritime World, 1700-1750. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0521303427
  • Rediker, Marcus (2004). Villains of All Nations: Atlantic Pirates in the Golden Age. Beacon Press. ISBN 0807050245
  • Ritchie, Robert (1986). Captain Kidd and the War Against the Pirates. Harvard University Press. ISBN 0674095014
  • Rogozinski, Jan. Pirates! An A-Z Encyclopedia. New York: Da Capo Press, 1995. ISBN 0-306-80722-X.
  • Rogozinski, Jan (2000). Honor Among Thieves: Captain Kidd, Henry Every, and the Pirate Democracy in the Indian Ocean. Stackpole Books. ISBN 0811715299
  • Sherry, Frank (1986). Raiders and Rebels: The Golden Age of Piracy. Hearst Marine Books. ISBN 0688046843
  • Snow, Edward Rowe (December 1944). Pirates and Buccaneers of the Atlantic Coast. Boston, Massachusetts: The Yankee Publishing Company.
  • Stephens, John R. (1996). Captured by Pirates: 22 Firsthand Accounts of Murder & Mayhem on the High Seas. Fern Canyon Press.
  • Thomson, Janice E. (1994). Mercenaries, Pirates and Sovereigns. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. pp. 22–26, 43–54, 66–76, 107–118, 140, 143–144, 218. ISBN 0-691-08658-3.
  • The Tryals of Major Stede Bonnet, and Other Pirates. London, Printed for Benj. Cowse at the Rose and Crown in St Paul's Church-Yard, 1719. OCLC 85801912
  • Turley, Hans (1999). Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash: Piracy, Sexuality, and Masculine Identity. New York University Press. ISBN 081478223X
  • Woodard, Colin (2007). The Republic of Pirates. Harcourt, Inc. ISBN 978-0-15-101302-9. (may be unreliable when discussing Jacobitism with regard to Lord Archibald Hamilton (in fact a Whig) and his brother (whom he apparently muddles with another George Hamilton))
  • Zacks, Richard (2002). The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd. Hyperion.

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